Being a homeowner means you need money to help maintain things around your house. Are you looking for ways to save money? Look first at your home and how you can cut costs. Here are some ways to save money around your home.
#1: Upgrade your thermostat.
Your thermostat plays a significant role in the overall comfort of your home, but a lot of times it’s easy to forget about this little gadget. However, programmable thermostats have the potential to save homeowners hundreds of dollars every year. Why heat or cool an empty home? These thermostats give people the ability to customize the temperature inside the house and save energy while they’re away at work or on vacation. For example, on a warm summer day, simply program the temperature to turn up a few degrees while you’re gone and then set it to back on at a lower temperature, so you can come home to a cool and comfortable home.
#2: Buy the right air filters.
Staying on top of filter cleaning and replacement in your home is key to extending the life of your system and allowing for clean air to be circulated into your home. If you need to replace the filters in your HVAC system, be sure you buy the right one. Sometimes homeowners purchase the wrong size of air filter and that could increase your energy bill and cause problems for your furnace. Over time, you’ll save money on your utility costs and you will give your HVAC system the chance to do its job!
#3: Don’t forget about your vents.
Are you noticing that the air in your home feels unevenly heated or cooled? Sometimes vents in specific rooms will be closed and you may forget to open them. This could cause uneven airflow to occur and contribute to increased utility bills. Be sure all of your vents are opened, and that air flow is directed for even distribution. This helps with energy bills and can save you money over time!
Need a new system replacement in time for fall? We can help with that! Perhaps your system just needs some preventative maintenance performed. Our experienced team can help with that too! Contact us today for appointment options!
The first official day of winter is this week! The cold, icy mornings will become more of a norm and they’ll be here to stay for a while. With this season change, a lot of illness goes around you may be thinking about ways that you can keep a healthy climate in your home this winter and even year-round. Here are some helpful ideas on how to do this.
Tip #1: Keep the air clear and clean.
Allergens, molds, bacteria, and viruses float throughout the air wherever you go. One way you can steer clear of these things is by having a quality air purification system in your home. Clean air translates to healthier air that you’ll breathe and that means you’ll have less of a chance of spreading illness and other germs around. We are proud to sell a variety of air purification systems that work alongside your current HVAC system and eliminate airborne pathogens. Contact us for information on which systems might work for you.
Tip #2: Don’t fluctuate your temperature.
What’s the ideal temperature for your home? Find what that is and stick to it. Using a programmable thermostat is a great way to do this. It allows you to control the temperature of your home accurately at any time of the day or night. Wireless programmable thermostats will work with most HVAC systems and you can program it to work with your smartphone. You can program it to turn the heat up a bit before you get home from work and have it turn down on its own when you’re away from home for an extended period or at night.
Tip #3: Save money.
Saving money makes everyone feel great, right? Having a quality programmable thermostat in your home will give you the power to not only control the temperature no matter where you are, and it can also help with your utility bills because the temperature will be even, and no energy will be wasted. This translates to lower energy bills and more money in your pocket!
The climate in your home can be comfortable and healthy all year long! Clean air and the perfect temperature are important parts of maintaining a healthy climate, so contact us today if you have questions on getting a new heating system installed or replaced, or if you are curious about how a programmable thermostat or air purification system could work for you. Our qualified team of installers can help you get what you need so you’re comfortable all winter long.
When was the last time your HVAC system or furnace was replaced? If you need a new HVAC system added or replaced in your home, we know that it may be a little overwhelming when it comes time to decide on which system is right for your space. We understand that there are a lot of options out there and part of our job is to help make sure you choose the right system. We’ll explain how much it will cost, which features are important, what size system your home needs in order to operate at peak efficiency. Our experienced team of heating and cooling professionals can help you with any questions you might have.
If you’re new to the HVAC world, we’ll help break down some of the most common systems. Most commonly, HVAC systems are forced-air systems, and these require ductwork to bring conditioned air inside the home. Return air is then cooled or heated by the system. Standard systems include:
Heat pumps: Heat pump systems are common for many varieties of home styles. They’re not only energy efficient and cost effective, but they can both cool and heat the home with one system, making them a very convenient option for people.
Furnaces: Most furnace systems use natural gas to bring heat inside. Sometimes there are furnaces that use propane or oil as an energy source.
Air conditioners: These systems are used in conjunction with furnaces to cool the home during the summer months. They need a blower and evaporator coil to work.
When you’re reading about different types of systems that might work for your home, be sure to research what the efficiency ratings are of the different machines. Good efficiency ratings mean that you’ll save energy and money in the long run, which is important to most homeowners. process. Knowing the efficiency ratings can help you estimate what the overall costs are of the system as you have it, including repairs and maintenance in addition to the overall install and purchase price. The higher the rating number for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), the better it is for overall energy and efficiency savings.
If you don’t know which system you should pick for your home, our team at Hybrid can help provide options on what system size and style would work best. We will also work to stay within your budget and we will go over various offers that are happening that can help save you additional money. Right now, there are a variety of rebates and incentives happening now.
Wasting energy is no small matter. In fact, finding ways to put an end to wasting energy and saving utility bills is at the forefront of many homeowner’s minds today. There are a variety of ways to save energy and cut back on energy consumption. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
Tip #1: Use a programmable thermostat.
These thermostats are great for homeowners that could benefit from programming their thermostat to different temperatures throughout the day. For example, if you are at work during the majority of the day, you won’t need to keep an empty house warm. So, program it to turn off or on at certain parts of the day, depending on what you need and when you need to use it. This will allow you to save significant amounts of energy over time and you’ll also see a drop in your utility bill each month.
Tip #2: Seal leaking ductwork or other areas of the home that allow air in and out.
Your attic and/or basement are two main places where air can leak in and out, especially if you don’t have proper insulation or sealing. In addition, if you have older ductwork in your home, consider getting it looked at to be sure that there aren’t any leaks. Even a small hole or crack could make a big difference in the overall efficiency of your home.
Tip #3: Say goodbye to energy-guzzling appliances and HVAC systems.
Unplug large devices or appliances if you are not using them. Even if they aren’t being powered on, leaving your items plugged in means they are using energy. In addition, if your HVAC system is old and outdated, upgrading them to new, energy efficient models means you won’t have to worry again about skyrocketing utility bills or energy waste during the warmer spring and summer months.
Cutting back consumption is not only beneficial for you as a homeowner, but it is also doing a great service to keeping the environment healthy. Our team of qualified HVAC professionals is standing by to help answer your questions on how we can help get you a new or repaired heating and system that will put your home on track to be energy efficient!
If you love discounts, rebates, and tax credits, listen up! Everyone loves to save money and we can help. There are a variety of tax credits and energy rebates available for customers in 2017.
Gas furnaces Electrically efficient AHRI e-rated
Furnaces that are rated at a 95 to 96.9% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency are eligible to receive a $352 tax credit. Those rated at 97% or greater are eligible for $492 in tax credits.
Air-source ducted heat pump
These are wonderful, energy efficient machines that can save you money in utility costs, all while helping reduce your negative impact on the environment.
Heat pumps that have Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) scores of 9.5 are eligible to receive $800 in tax credits while those with 10.0 can receive $850. Those with 11.0 ratings can receive $925, 12.0 can receive $1,000 and those that are 13.0 and up can receive $1,125.
Ductless heat pump
Ductless mini-splits are also very energy efficient and provide effective heating solutions in the winter and cooling in the summer. Those with HSPF ratings of 10.0 to 11.9 can receive $1,200 in tax credits and those with 12.0 or higher are eligible for $1,300.
Note: The maximum tax credit claimed per year, per device may not exceed $1,500, except for alternative fuel devices. To be eligible for a tax credit, the device must meet all the requirements outlined by RETC Administrative Rules. Not sure where to start? Our experienced team of HVAC professionals can help you determine which system is right for your home and most importantly, your budget. We’ll help you figure out which credits are available and help you figure out the paperwork, too. We are also PTCS and CheckMe certified. This means we’re certified to perform the test for credits on heat pumps. Contact our team for information on which devices are eligible and get ready to stay warm throughout the rest of this unusual Pacific Northwest winter!
Living in the Pacific Northwest, you know how important it is to have a good heater that can keep you and your family warm during the winter season and an air conditioner that keep your home cool during the hot summer days. It’s also important to control those systems accurately and to do so, you need a quality thermostat. In fact, your thermostat will have a big impact on how your heating and cooling system works.
With the glorious weather we have had across Oregon these past few days, many of you might be getting the “spring cleaning” bug. Maybe it’s time to clean out closets, dust those hard to reach spots in the house, and pack away cold winter boots and coats. And it’s not too early to start thinking towards the spring month and how you should get on our schedule to get your heating and cooling system checked. Maintaining your equipment means that you can prevent future issues and unexpected costs in the future. Annual check-ups are important and when the warmth of spring and summer hits, your system will need to be at its peak in order to run efficiently and effectively.
Happy 2015! Have you made a list of resolutions this year? Is saving money one of them? How about upgrading certain parts of your home, especially the heating or cooling system? If so, we can help! We have a variety of options that can fit any budget. The best part: there are rebates and incentives for 2015 that can help bring the cost down and ultimately, save you big money in the long run. Some of our featured products include:
The rain and wind is here and the long, warm days of summer are long gone. Mornings are chilly and evenings are brisk, so that means that it’s time to start preparing for the even colder months ahead. When the heat comes on, are you used to seeing a spike in your utility bill? Is it something that you dread every year? If you’re looking for ways to cut costs and save money, we’ve listed some beneficial tips that can help. And better yet, you won’t have to give up being warm and comfortable.